Special Operations Forces and Foreign Internal Defense: An Effective Counterterrorism Method
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Special Operations Forces SOF can be expected to maintain the current commitment levels in both Iraq and Afghanistan however, Senior US military and SOF leadership must recognize the difficulty of balancing short-term goals and long-term solutions in the War on Terrorism. In a war of such long duration, SOF can provide the nation with many more strategic and operational options than just special reconnaissance and direct action missions in support of the JTF commander during combat operations. This paper argues that uniformly coordinated Foreign Internal Defense FID activities, undertaken by United States SOF, is the appropriate method for achieving long-term results in the War on Terrorism. The utility of presistent SOF activities with allies is described using recent cas study examples, strategic level CT capstone documents, and current FID doctrine.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare